MINNEAPOLIS -- Mitch Talbot might not have liked the results, but he was happy with the way he felt after throwing a bullpen session at Target Field on Monday. That session was the last step in determining whether Talbot, working his way back from right shoulder soreness, is ready to rejoin the Tribe rotation as scheduled on Thursday at home against the Royals. Talbot said he's good to go. "I was all over the place," Talbot said. "But the ball was coming out firm, and I feel good. That's all we're looking for right now."
Talbot left his start against the Twins on Sept. 12 after facing just three batters and didn't pick up a ball for a week. When he faces the Royals, he hopes to show improvement not only on the physical side but the performance side, as he is 1-3 with a 6.84 ERA over his last six starts.